Michael A. Barnard Memorial Scholarship
In September 2017, the Michael A. Barnard Memorial Scholarship was established with the Winona State University Foundation. The scholarship will benefit and encourage students who are majoring in Composite Materials Engineering.
1. Recipients must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time and in good standing at Winona State University (minimum of 12 credits per semester, Fall and Spring)
2. Recipients must be accepted into the Composite Materials Engineering program
3. Recipients must have a minimum g.p.a. of 3.0 or higher
4. Students must demonstrate leadership and community involvement.
5. Recipients must demonstrate financial need; however, financial need will not be based solely on FAFSA.
Background and Motivation
Michael A. Barnard was a 2011 graduate of WSUs Composite Materials Engineering program. Growing up in St. Michael, MN, he had a passion for playing both baseball & football. He was proud of reaching the rank of Eagle Scout when he was 15. Upon graduation from WSU, Mike was recruited to work in the Technical Service Department at Gougeon Brothers, Inc. in Michigan. While working there, Mike conducted testing that was specific to the United States Navy’s need to repair cracked aluminum deck plates; laminate testing for aircraft certification; and unique applications for submersibles, along with so much more. He performed work that was advancing the use of composites and he was not even 30 years old. Mike always had a positive attitude and enjoyed helping others. On 7/28/2017, our industry lost a young engineer who would have continued to develop the use of advanced materials. He was always proud of his alma mater and his home state of Minnesota. The Gougeon Employees Foundation would like to support a student who can continue Mike’s legacy of community service and growing the use of composite materials.